piping

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by belg, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. belg

    belg Member

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    Hey guys I'm wondering what to use for piping from an storage tank to a factory?I model in N scale and any tips for working with that product would be greatly appreciated.Thank you:)
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    A few small kits I have (in HO) use wire for piping. I guess it depends on the diameter of your pipe, but you should be able to find wire of appropriate gauge to use for "smallish" pipes.

    I'm sure you'll get a few more suggestions in a minute or two...!

    Andrew
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    What I use depends on the size, it's pretty technical:

    Itsy-bitsy: small magnet wire

    teeny-weeny: larger magnet wire

    small: small buss wire

    medium: larger bus wire

    large: small brass rod or tubing

    very large: larger brass tubing

    Somewhere in between would be differing gauges of stripped or insulated copper wire, clothes hangers, metal or plastic, and drinking straws and coffee stirs :D :D :D

    Menards has a selection of brass rod and tubing from itsy-bitsy up to huge.
  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

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    Plastruct has tubing in many diameters, and gorgeous fittings, 90 and 45 degree elbows, check valves, flanges, really neat stuff. Check www.plastruct.com

    Gary
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    I've seen plastic sprues that held model parts used effectively as piping. They come in good curved shapes and have varied diameters. A good use for throw away parts!
    Ralph
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    I have also used round toothpicks and various diameters of dowelling for pipes. They look good with a coat of paint .
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    more wires

    There are also stove pipe wire and florist's wire. These are a bit softer than some others and just lie there after you shape them. They seem to come in smaller sizes; I plan to use some florists wire for HO drainpipes.